CRANE manufacturer and crane servicing company Konecranes has been contracted to deliver two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to Cornelder de Moçambique (CdM), the terminal operator of the Port of Beira, Mozambique.
The port of Beira is the primary gateway for all cargo moving to and from Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Eastern DRC.
Konecranes received the delivery order in late December 2011. The two STS cranes are expected to be delivered fully erected to the Mozambique terminal in 2013.
The two cranes will be equipped with Konecranes’ remote management system and access technology to enable remote diagnostics and the related in-depth expertise. Maintenance services are also available in the Konecranes TRUCONNECT offering. Each crane will also be wirelessly connected to the maintenance office, to allow monitoring as well as accurate and fast trouble shooting.
The STS cranes will be used to operate the port’s container terminal, considered to be one of the most modern in southern Africa.
The cranes have been designed to handle twin-lift operation. They have an outreach of 40m and a lifting capacity of 65t under spreader.
CdM is a joint venture formed in 1998 by Rotterdam-based Cornelder Holding and Mozambique Ports & Railways Company. CdM manages the multi-purpose container and general cargo terminals of the Port of Beira.
“Adding two Konecranes STS cranes will increase the terminal capacity to 500.000 TEU and this will ensure that Cornelder de Moçambique and the port of Beira will continue to be the main gateway to/from the world for DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana for many years to come,” said Cornelder de Moçambique e xecutive managing director Carlos Mesquita.
Konecranes sales director for WEMEA, Port Cranes Antoine Bosquet said the company was pleased to be selected by CdM to deliver the cranes.
“Cornelder de Moçambique is a key partner in the economic development of the Southeast African region and a principal catalyst in promoting this development. Konecranes is delighted to be able to contribute to this development,” Bosquet said.
Konecranes provides lifting solutions to business in the manufacturing and process industries, as well as shipyards, ports and terminals. The company also provides services for lifting equipment and machine tools.
Konecranes has been operating in Australia for over 25 years. The company has plans for expansion underway in the mining, steel and infrastructure sectors.